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2-4, 4th in NFC North
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Week 7 NFL score predictions: Panthers at Bears

It has been two years since Chicago has won consecutive games. That isn't likely to happen Sunday with Carolina's defense focusing on the run and daring Mitchell Trubisky to pass, pass and pass some more.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears coach John Fox said LB Nick Kwiatkoski "is close" to returning from a pectoral injury. Kwiatkoski (Questionable for Sunday) had full participation in Friday's walk-through, but was limited on Wednesday and Thursday. Not sure if he plays vs. Carolina.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears final injury report: WR Markus Wheaton (groin) is OUT for Sunday. LB John Timu (ankle/knee) and CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring) are DOUBTFUL. LB Nick Kwiatkoski (chest), center Hroniss Grasu (hand) and RB Benny Cunningham (hamstring) all listed as QUESTIONABLE.

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Bears name right guard Kyle Long the 2017 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.

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"We didn't do a good job of containing. Whether we brought the gunners in or not, it's still the same number of people. It wasn't like we had nine guys out there. It's understanding the leverage and how you have to leverage and contain a kicking play, whether it's kickoff return, which that was a little bit of a different thing in itself, as far as a ruling. The punt return was not leveraging it for contain on the right side. We take those players, we practice it, and like all mistakes, you admit them and then you fix them and then hope to god you don't do it again." -- Bears coach John Fox on the major special teams coverage mistakes the Bears committed vs. Baltimore.

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"It wasn't a relief but it was more like a building process, you know we just focusing on that all week long, punching out the balls, intercepting and we went out Sunday and did it. So we just gonna have to build off that and stay focused on just getting turnovers." -- Bears OLB Pernell McPhee on Chicago's defense finally forcing some turnovers (three) in last week's win.

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Bears can succeed if Trubisky keeps it simple (0:34)
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FPI: Panthers have major edge in Chicago

The Bears are FPI underdogs for the seventh time in as many weeks on Sunday, though their odds to win are their highest since Week 1. Chicago has won twice this season when facing longer odds, including last week in Baltimore.

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Trubisky yet to make his mark for Bears

If John Fox was hoping to get better QB play by swapping Mike Glennon for Mitchell Trubisky, it hasn't happened yet. The rookie's numbers have been about the same as Glennon's, though Trubisky has chipped in 54 rushing yards.

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Bad news, Bears: Newton thriving on the road

Cam Newton's numbers have been downright ugly in Charlotte this season, but he's looked like his 2015 MVP self away from home. He'll try to keep it rolling in Chicago this Sunday.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee credits Leonard Floyd for coming up with QB Mitchell Trubisky's new nickname -- The pretty boy assassin.

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"Well I think he can make all the throws, he's really big and strong, a little bit like Ben Roethlisberger that way, he's a big body. They do have designed runs for him, whether it's quarterback powers or some of the read option stuff. And then of course him scrambling. If you don't do a good job of collapsing the pocket and squeezing the pocket [you could be in trouble]. So that's about all there is." -- Bears coach John Fox's very brief scouting report on Carolina QB Cam Newton.

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Bears coach John Fox made a point on Wednesday to praise cornerback Kyle Fuller for spending the most time watching film on his iPad prior to last week's game at Baltimore. On Thursday, Bears DC Vic Fangio said he doesn't care much about how long a guy spends on the iPad. Fangio says most of the teaching needs to be done in the building - not at home.

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Bears DC Vic Fangio says cornerback Marcus Cooper is now fully recovered from back spams. Cooper was inactive Week 5 and dressed in Week 6, but barely played vs. Baltimore.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio still has faith in the Chicago Cubs -- down 3-1 to the LA Dodgers in the NLCS: "They [the Cubs] still have 27 outs left."

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Limited at practice on Thursday: RB Benny Cunningham (hamstring), linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (chest) and center Hroniss Grasu (hand). Wide receiver Tanner Gentry (hip) had full participation.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring), LB John Timu (knee/ankle) and WR Markus Wheaton (groin) all missed practice on Thursday. All three are expected to be inactive for Sunday's home game vs. Carolina.

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Woody, Herm like Panthers' overall talent to prevail (0:53)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

"No, I don't think so. That just speaks a lot about the type of guys we have up front and the running backs we have here and if the defense plays that type of coverage and they give us that front that we gotta run the ball until they get out of it. It just says a lot about the guys up front that they can carry the load and the running backs can carry the load and really carry this team to run the ball that many times and stay effective at it and have that type of average running, so it was awesome.-- Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on if he ever handed the ball off so much at North Carolina.

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"He looks like he's 25-year-old Pep. That's just the way he is — he's a freak show. That's how he's made his money for so many years and he'll continue to do it." -- Bears right guard Kyle Long on facing Panthers veteran pass-rusher Julius Peppers.

Team Stats

Passing Yards170.828th
Rushing Yards136.03rd
Points For17.528th
Points Against24.725th

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